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Hunger in the news
12 February 2009

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Children wait in line for lunch provided by the World Food Program at a primary school in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
Los Angeles Times
Hunger in the news
12 February 2009

Veep launches food voucher programme

Vice-President George Kunda has launched the peri-urban food voucher programme in response to increased food insecurity which has led to heightened levels of malnutrition. Mr Kunda said the food voucher programme would also be extended to other needy areas across Zambia, adding that it would be implemented on a pilot basis in Lusaka’s eight townships among them Chipata, Chawama, Chazanga and Mandevu. [...] Mr Kunda said with the support of the United Nations System, comprising the United Nations (UN), World Food Programme (WFP) and the Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASD), the programme would benefit a lot of people in the country.
Times of Zambia
Hunger in the news
11 February 2009

Revealed: The true horror of everyday life in Zimbabwe

Starving children eat rats, families turn on each other and farmers kill their own livestock to survive. Smuggled film brings Mugabe nightmare to world's attention.
The Guardian
Hunger in the news
11 February 2009

Taking on Somalia's pirates

Somali pirates are poised for renewed attacks on shipping off the coast of Somalia, according to the Royal Navy's Cdr Gerry Northwood, the head of operations for the EU's anti-piracy taskforce, codenamed Operation Atalanta. The multinational force, commanded by a British Rear Admiral, was deployed in December with the principal aim of protecting vulnerable food ships travelling to Somalia.
BBC News
Hunger in the news
11 February 2009

Ethiopia: New camp for fleeing Somalis

A camp to accommodate thousands of Somalis fleeing violence in their country is to be set up in south-eastern Ethiopia, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said. An estimated 10,000 asylum-seekers have arrived at the border town of Dolo Ado, in the Somali Region of Ethiopia, since the beginning of the year, according to Save the Children and UNHCR. [...] Last week, UNHCR dispatched six trucks carrying relief items, including mosquito nets, blankets, jerry cans, kitchen utensils, plastic sheets and mats from Addis Ababa to Dolo Ado. The UN World Food Programme also sent food rations, enough to last 10,000 asylum-seekers two weeks, and was airlifting high-nutrition biscuits from its emergency stock in Tanzania.
IRIN News
Hunger in the news
11 February 2009

Govt. doing everything possible to ease sufferings of IDPs – Bathuideen

The Commissioner General of Essential Services S. B. Divaratne yesterday said that though the ground situation did not permit a food convoy to reach civilians trapped by the LTTE amidst the heavy fighting, the Government is counting on the WFP to take a convoy to a safe zone in Suganthipuram area of Udayarkattu somehow this week. He said that despite the LTTE having heavily mined the area beyond Pudukudirruppu, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was extremely concerned that a WFP food convoy should be dispatched without delay.
The Island (Sri Lanka)
Hunger in the news
11 February 2009

Israel lifts Gaza total closure after elections

Israel on Wednesday lifted a full closure on Gaza Strip and opened all commercial crossing points before the delivery of limited aid and basic food stuff, Palestinian officials said. The blockade tightened Tuesday due to the Israeli elections. Ra'ed Fatouh of the crossings' coordination committee said that three crossings will be open Wednesday before aid trucks and fuel needed for running the only power plant in Gaza Strip. [...] "86 trucks will pass through Kerem Shalom crossing, 30 of them will go for the UNRWA and 22 for the World Food Program," Fatouh said.
Xinhua
Dossier: Food out of reach
11 February 2009

The Coming Food Coups

The doubling of grain prices over the past two years has already set off violent protests in over 30 developing countries and led to the overthrow of the Haitian prime minister Jacques Edouard Alexis. Even so, the potential political and security consequences have been given little attention, writes Andrew Natsios.
The Washington Quarterly
Hunger in the news
11 February 2009

Donors idle as drought, food shortage grips Kenya

Herds of animals pull in from all directions, kicking up clouds of dust beneath a baking sun as they converge on a concrete cylinder in the village of Wargadud, north-east Kenya. [...] Aid agencies say that up to 30 per cent of animal stocks in the wider area have perished, while the rest are producing little, if any, milk. "During the day, we don't eat," says Abdullahi Abdi Hussein, 65, the official in charge of the borehole. "We only have one meal a day, when we used to have three." [...] Aid agencies say it is only a matter of time before children and the elderly start perishing from hunger-related illnesses, particularly if the long rains, which generally arrive in March, also fail. "If people become malnourished, their immune system is depressed so they get sick for other reasons and that is what pushes them over the edge," says Peter Smerdon, a Nairobi-based spokesman for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Reliefweb / Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Hunger in the news
11 February 2009

Glance at the crises facing Zimbabwe's unity gov't

While politicians have been at an impasse for nearly a year, Zimbabweans are caught in an intensifying economic and humanitarian nightmare. A glance at the crises they face: [...] HUNGER The U.N. food program says 7 million Zimbabweans — 80 percent of the population by some estimates — need food aid. Unemployment and spiraling prices have put food out of the reach of many Zimbabweans. Agriculture production has plummeted since Mugabe ordered an often violent land reform campaign in 2000 that saw farms go to his cronies instead of the poor blacks he has championed.
International Herald Tribune / AP

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